By Mark Sutton
Samsung to use VIA's Nano processor to power new mini-notebook
Samsung has selected VIA Technologies Nano processor to power its forthcoming NC20 mini-notebook.
The move marks a success for Taiwanese VIA, a long established player in energy efficient processors for mobile computing, which faces stiff competition from Intel’s Atom processor. Samsung had previously used the Atom for the NC10 mini-notebook, the predecessor to the NC20.
The Nano is VIA’s first 64 bit superscalar processor, with low power consumption and low thermal output, and is the successor to its C7 chips which have found some uptake in the netbook segment.
Richard Brown, vice president of Marketing, VIA Technologies said: “We are delighted that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor for the Samsung NC20. This is a truly ground-breaking product that sets the new industry standard for consumer mini-notes and clearly demonstrates the advanced performance of our VIA Nano processor platform.”
The NC20 is positioned as a mini-notebook rather than a netbook, and features a 12.1 inch screen, full size keyboard, Integrated VIA Chrome9 graphics processing with DirectX 9.0 3D support and 160GB HDD, plus 802.11b/g and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The notebook weighs 1.5kgs and has a battery life of up to six and a half hours.